Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Smorgasbord - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

The real summer heat is announcing its presence this week, but I can't complain because it is July in Texas.

Early last Friday morning, Miss Ester and Mabel got a partial riding lesson in right before a beautiful, summer thunderstorm blew in.

(The horses and riders are so fun to watch!)

I am thankful for ~

* my friends.  There are so many amazing moms in our home school group that I am abundantly blessed to call 'Friend'.

* my children.  They teach me so much, most importantly, knowing their eyes are upon me makes me want to better myself all the time.

What I am reading ~

Still in the midst of ...

Stan the man just finished Madeleine Takes Command.  

The book was on the selection list for one of the four required book reports coming up this school year.  He loves to read so I had him read this over the summer.

Here is an overview:

Madeleine Verchère's story is based on a true account of colonial French Canada of the 1690s. Harassed by Iroquois, the Verchère family's fort must keep a continual guard. 14-year-old Madeleine is left alone with two younger brothers and few others when the Indians attack. We follow the brave and determined stratagems of Madeleine and her small circle. Madeleine's youthful leadership, especially of her brothers, will win the reader's admiration.

From the school room ~

A day in the life of a homeschooler when the books arrive.

I am praying for ~


* an end to abortion (As long as a child can be murdered in the womb, no life will be held sacred.)

* police officers everywhere

* my husband who was elected Captain of our local Troops of St. George troop

Around the house mall ~

This past Sunday, I took all my girls to the mall.  (I  just don't do malls.  I haven't since I was a teen.) It was HOT out and we were all tired of the swimming pool and the hot sun, so I agreed.  It ended up being a fun day!

While the big girls shopped, Miss Clementine and I had fun discovering the mall from a pint size view.

And big sis took her on the carousel.  I forgot how much fun those are for little ones!

From the kitchen ~

I was needing a new rubber spatula for baking.  I searched top spatulas on the Internet and found this little bad boy.

It is worth every penny.  I purchased it on Amazon here.

Loving it, I then checked out their ultimate 13" flipper for my egg-loving, pancake flipping husband.

He said it was the best spatula/flipper he's ever used.  (And he HATES to buy anything!)  I found it on Amazon here.

GIR products come in a multitude of bright colors as well as plain black.*I'm not getting reimbursed in any way for this review.**)

I am listening to ~

A Christmas movie is being played upstairs by a little 4 year old who has a yucky, summer cold.

Coming down the pike this week ~

*The past 10 days have kept us incredibly busy with back-to-school type meetings, so much happening.

* Thursday - our 21st wedding anniversary!

A final photo to share ~

Trying out her new boots and umbrella after the storm last Friday. :)

Wishing you all a good rest of your week!

~  Patty  ~


  1. Seeing your horse pictures reminds me of the days when Katie and Alex took horseback riding lessons. They grow up so fast! 🐎

  2. I can feel the excitement of the kids looking through their new books! :)
    That Clementine sure is growing up.
    I LOVE those spatulas!!! I'm going to have to check them out!

  3. New books-love!!!! So exciting to flip through and get excited about the year. (I need to get busy!)

    And happy anniversary!

    That sky is so threatening in those first pictures, send any extra rain clouds down here. ;)

    I need to update some tired kitchen tools, those look great, thanks!

    I'm always inspired by your reading list. The Madeline book is one of my favorites.

    Have a happy Thursday, Patty!

  4. Our first box of books came this week. Nothing quite like new textbooks and their smell...aahhh.... ;) I've got a lot of work left to do on all the school planning, but I'm getting there. You'd think I'd have a system all down as I enter year ten, right? Nope. ha!
    Happy belated anniversary to you and David! I hope you had time to celebrate and enjoy some time together.


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